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Area university to open ‘teaching pharmacy’ to serve Greene County

A Dayton-area college is planning to open a pharmacy that students will help run and where community members can fill their prescriptions.

Cedarville University, located about 35 minutes northeast of Dayton, is planning to open what it describes as a “teaching pharmacy.” The school’s limited liability corporation, called Cedar Care, plans to buy the “historic” Cedarville Hardware store to use as the pharmacy, according to the school.

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The pharmacy, which will open this summer, will be located in the heart of downtown Cedarville at the intersection of Ohio 72 and Ohio 42.

Jeb Ballentine, a licensed pharmacist and associate professor of pharmacy, will lead the Cedar Care Village Pharmacy. He will also oversee students studying in the university’s doctor of pharmacy program who will work in the facility.

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“The new Cedar Care Village Pharmacy will focus on the needs of our community, while also benefiting the pharmacy students at the university,” said Marc Sweeney, president of Cedar Care’s board and dean of the school of pharmacy. “This will be a teaching pharmacy for our students as well as a ministry to the Village of Cedarville.”

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Cedarville University’s new venture could eventually expand too. The school is considering adding a clinic as well as additional retail services, according to the university.

Cedarville Hardware was owned by Glenn Fawcett who died in December. After Fawcett’s death, the university’s LLC offered to buy the hardware store.

The university expects to close on a deal to buy the store by May 24 but the school declined to disclose how much it will pay for the facility, said spokesman Mark Weinstein.

“We believe a pharmacy is in line with his legacy, and that this change would be something he would be proud of,” said Melissa Fawcett, a spokesperson for the Fawcett family.

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